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Finding Balance in Your Fitness Routine: It Doesn’t Have to Be Intense

You’ve probably come across phrases like:

  • “Your workout is our warm-up!”
  • “Grip it and rip it!”
  • “We don’t need machines; we are machines!”

And there’s a time and a place for those all-out, push-your-limits workouts. But in today’s world, especially during these uncertain times, it’s important to remember that exercise is about more than just pushing yourself to the limit.

Exercise is a gift to your body, but it’s also a stressor. With the demands of work, family life, it’s perfectly normal if the idea of an intense workout feels overwhelming.

Remember, a workout at 50 percent of your usual intensity is still a step in the right direction. Even if you only manage the warm-up, that’s still progress.

I’ve talked to many people recently who are struggling to find the motivation to train, including myself, the owner of the gym. You’re not alone in feeling this way.

Consider reframing your approach to training. The goal doesn’t have to be a new personal record. It can simply be about moving, having some time to yourself, or connecting with someone else.

If you’re struggling or have given up entirely, here are some suggestions:

  • Choose Simpler Workouts: A 20-minute walk or a few rounds of basic exercises can absolutely count as a workout. And don’t hesitate to multitask – exercising while watching your favorite shows can be both enjoyable and effective.
  • Morning Exercise: While it might sound daunting, exercising in the morning when your willpower is at its peak can greatly increase the likelihood of actually doing it.
  • Get Creative with Workouts:
  • Try a press-up/sit-up/squat grid. It’s a simple way to keep track of your progress without even realizing it.
  • Consider a 12-minute EMOM routine for short, effective bursts of exercise.
  • Workout with a Partner: If possible, team up with someone, even if your fitness levels differ. Being accountable to someone else can be a powerful motivator.

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